144,000 sealed – God seals believers before opening of seventh seal (Revelation 7:1 – 7:8)

After the lamb opened the scroll sealed with seven seals, John saw four angels holding back the winds of the earth so no wind could blow on land, the sea, nor rustle the leaves on trees. A fifth angel, having the seal of the living God, descended from the east. The angel called in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given the power to harm the land and the sea. “Do not harm the land or the sea until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of God.” Then John heard the number of those who were sealed. They were 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe